To attract the tourists, Russia may offer a free visa to the tourist groups from the India, South Africa and Brazil as being the fellow countries in the BRICS group, said the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Global competition increasingly becomes tough to attract the foreign tourists and Russia has been lagged in providing and developing the infrastructure and services, said Putin in a meeting at Yalta in Crimea on Monday.
Russia annexation of Crimean peninsula from Ukraine had resulted in so many sanctions in the March, 2015, as many European countries and US sanctions hit the Russian economy and made the country experience the first recession since 2009.
“Liberalizing the visa regime almost always leads to an increase in tourist inflows” and it is also worth considering extending the visa free facility to the other BRICS countries as China already enjoying the facility, Putin said.
Arrivals from Israel have doubled after the visas were abolished to that country while the turkey visitors had grown by 41 percent, he added.
Visitors from china figured the largest number during the first quarter of visitors about 41,000 followed by the Turkey and Israel.